You are invited to a film screening “With or Without Me”, a work partnered by Phương Thảo Trần (Vietnamese) and Swann Dubus (French), the film was awarded with a prize at 2011 FIDLab, an international co-production platform for film projects in Marseille and was featured at Torino Film Festival 2011.
Time: 18:00 February 18th 2012
Location: Big Halle, Goethe institut, 56/58 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Ba Dinh, Hanoi.
Thi and Trung live in the lush, rice-terraced mountains of Vietnam’s far northwest territory of Điện Biên. Like many young people in this region (which is on the main heroin route from Laos to China), they are addicts and are also HIV positive. Forced to live a life marked by the efforts of family members, friends and doctors to keep them away from drugs, Thi wants to kick his habit but Trung just wants to die.
Showing the daily struggle of living with drugs and the devastating consequences of addiction, the camera becomes a part of their existence and reveals how their ‘habit’ destroys their hopes and dreams. Through showing the destinies and tragedy of two individual lives, the film sheds a light upon a wider unfolding story about drug use in Vietnam and, in doing so, it hopes to contribute to the debate about how best to tackle this issue.
Screening followed by Q&A with filmmakers!
In Vietnamese with English subtitles.
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